Chinese are infamous for copying cars and establishing companies based on them and this series of articles captures some of them.
We continue with the series of Chinese copycat cars that are sold in the USA. Earlier, we had covered 7 cars and we bring you another set of cars that are brazenly copied by the Chinese carmakers. You will be amazed to see the striking similarities in some cases. Here are these cars.
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As soon as one glances at the Zotye SR8, one could directly relate it to the Porsche Macan. The bonnet contours, the front grille, the large alloys, the upright rear section with the extended tail are all reminiscent of a Macan. It is only the front headlights that are a bit different and the keen eye could spot the distinction. Reportedly, the SR8 comes with a Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0-litre engine good for 190 hp. The cost of the SR8 is somewhere around $16,000 and $24,000 USD which is almost 1/5th the price of the original Macan.
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This next one on our list of Chinese copycat cars is a ripoff of a popular premium SUV. Having been announced in 2015, this SUV was immediately recognised as being a copy of the Range Rover Evoque. Interestingly, both these were displayed at the 2015 Guangzhou Motor Show. Like the previous model, this also came powered by the same Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0-litre engine developing 190 hp. The price of the X7 was around $19,600 while the original Range Rover used to cost upward of $86,000 USD. Needless to say, the quality of the two is worlds apart.
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This is an old car which was launched back in 2006 in China and in 2007 in Europe. The UFO is a spitting image of a Toyota RAV4 which is a popular SUV in the international market. The overall stance, design of the quarter glass, front headlights, grille, fog lamps and bumper are almost identical to the RAV4. The UFO was a front-wheel-drive, while the RAV4 had a 4×4 drivetrain. The prices start at $18,800 while the original RAV4 was priced at $31,300 at the time. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise that the UFO has nowhere close to the off-roading capabilities of the RAV4.
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This is yet another case where it is quite difficult to determine which is the original version and which is the copied one. Shuttle is a copied twin of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Prado was one of the most popular SUVs in the world. The front fascia features identical headlights, grille, bumper, and bonnet. From the side profile, the Shuttle resembles the Honda CR-V. Interestingly, the Shuttle came with the option of choosing between a 2.4-litre, a 2.0-litre or a 2.8-litre diesel engine. This one’s easily among the most infamous Chinese copycat cars in USA.
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Huanghai Landscape V3
Yet again, it isn’t too difficult to guess which this version is a clone of. Between 2003 and 2008, the Lexus RX was produced in the USA. The Huanghai Landscape V3 is a replica of that iconic model. The way the front bonnet and headlights are designed is exactly how you would find in a Lexus. As far as the engine options are concerned, the Landscape came powered by Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre diesel engines, while the original Lexus had 2.4-litre and 3.5-litre engines. However, the starting price of the Landscape was just around $20,000 which is only a fraction of what the Lexus used to cost.
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Suzhou Eagle Carrie
You will be shocked to see this next vehicle. The Chinese carmaker has successfully been able to merge the iconic Ferrari FF and Porsche Cayman into a single car that certainly doesn’t look like a cheap knock-off. The front bonnet area resembles the Porsche, while the headlamps are somewhat Ferarri’s. Interestingly, the badges of the Ferarri and Eagle are also similar. However, the powertrain of this replica is electric and the company claims a 0-96 km/h acceleration time of just 4.8 secs.
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The Dongfeng Hanma is not the only copied version of the iconic Hummer from a Chinese carmaker. It has been attempted many times. In fact, Dongfeng actually imports the original engine from GMC (6.5-litre V8 engine) but the body and other exterior of the Hummer are made in China. The People’s Liberation Army decided to import and use the original Hummer during the oil imports. They liked the product and the SUV was sent to the labs to be reverse-engineered. Finally, Dongfeng was able to develop an almost exact replica of the Hummer. However, the Dongfeng Hanma was never offered to the civilians. Which one of these Chinese copycat cars sold in the USA were you the most surprised by?